Dismantling the Virgin Birth Doctrine
PART VI: The Birth of Jesus Christ -- According to Matthew
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>> VII: Additional NT Testimony
>> Bonus: Extra-Biblical Texts
Introduction >> I: In the Beginning >> II: Promises Made & the Anointed Son >> III: Marriage and Family >> IV: The Keeping of Promises & the Christ to Come
And Jesus having been born in Beth-Lehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, lo, mages from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.'
And Herod the king having heard, was stirred, and all Jerusalem with him, and having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he was inquiring from them where the Christ is born. And they said to him, 'In Beth-Lehem of Judea, for thus it hath been written through the prophet,
And thou, Beth-Lehem, the land of Judah, thou art by no means the least among the leaders of Judah, for out of thee shall come one leading, who shall feed My people Israel.'
Then Herod, privately having called the mages, did inquire exactly from them the time of the appearing star, and having sent them to Beth-Lehem, he said, 'Having gone—inquire ye exactly for the child, and whenever ye may have found, bring me back word, that I also having come may bow to him.'
And they, having heard the king, departed, and lo, the star, that they did see in the east, did go before them, till, having come, it stood over where the child was. And having seen the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy, and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and having fallen down they bowed to him, and having opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh, and having been divinely warned in a dream not to turn back unto Herod, through another way they withdrew to their own region.
(Matthew 2:1-12 YLT)
And on their having withdrawn, lo, a messenger of the Lord doth appear in a dream to Joseph, saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and be thou there till I may speak to thee, for Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him.'
And he, having risen, took the child and his mother by night, and withdrew to Egypt, and he was there till the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 'Out of Egypt I did call My Son.'
(Matthew 2:13-15 YLT)
Then Herod, having seen that he was deceived by the mages, was very wroth, and having sent forth, he slew all the male children in Beth-Lehem, and in all its borders, from two years and under, according to the time that he inquired exactly from the mages.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 'A voice in Ramah was heard—lamentation and weeping and much mourning—Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted because they are not.'
(Matthew 2:16-18 YLT)
And Herod having died, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream doth appear to Joseph in Egypt, saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be going to the land of Israel, for they have died—those seeking the life of the child.'
And he, having risen, took the child and his mother, and came to the land of Israel, and having heard that Archelaus doth reign over Judea instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither, and having been divinely warned in a dream, he withdrew to the parts of Galilee, and coming, he dwelt in a city named Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophets, that 'A Nazarene he shall be called.'
(Matthew 2:19-23 YLT)
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And John having heard in the prison the works of the Christ, having sent two of his disciples, said to him, 'Art thou He who is coming, or for another do we look?' And Jesus answering said to them, 'Having gone, declare to John the things that ye hear and see, blind receive sight, and lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and deaf hear, dead are raised, and poor have good news proclaimed, and happy is he who may not be stumbled in me.'
(Matthew 11:2-6 YLT)
And Jesus, having come to the parts of Caesarea Philippi, was asking his disciples, saying, 'Who do men say me to be—the Son of Man?' and they said, 'Some, John the Baptist, and others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He saith to them, 'And ye—who do ye say me to be?' and Simon Peter answering said, 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus answering said to him, 'Happy art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, because flesh and blood did not reveal it to thee, but my Father who is in the heavens.
'And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever thou mayest bind upon the earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose upon the earth shall be having been loosed in the heavens.' Then did he charge his disciples that they may say to no one that he is Jesus the Christ.
(Matthew 16:13-20 YLT)
And the Pharisees having been gathered together, Jesus did question them, saying, 'What do ye think concerning the Christ? of whom is he son?' They say to him, 'Of David.' He saith to them, 'How then doth David in the Spirit call him lord, saying, The Lord said to my lord, Sit at my right hand, till I may make thine enemies thy footstool? If then David doth call him lord, how is he his son?' And no one was able to answer him a word, nor durst any from that day question him any more.
(Matthew 22:41-46 YLT)
Then Jesus spake to the multitudes, and to his disciples, saying, 'On the seat of Moses sat down the scribes and the Pharisees; all, then, as much as they may say to you to observe, observe and do, but according to their works do not, for they say, and do not; for they bind together burdens heavy and grievous to be borne, and lay upon the shoulders of men, but with their finger they will not move them.
'And all their works they do to be seen by men, and they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the fringes of their garments, they love also the chief couches in the supper, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the market-places, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
'And ye—ye may not be called Rabbi, for one is your director--the Christ, and all ye are brethren; and ye may not call any your father on the earth, for one is your Father, who is in the heavens, nor may ye be called directors, for one is your director--the Christ. And the greater of you shall be your ministrant, and whoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled, and whoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.
(Matthew 23:1-12 YLT)
And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, 'Tell us, when shall these be? and what is the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?' And Jesus answering said to them, 'Take heed that no one may lead you astray, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray, and ye shall begin to hear of wars, and reports of wars; see, be not troubled, for it behoveth all these to come to pass, but the end is not yet.
(Matthew 24:3-6 YLT)
'Then if any one may say to you, Lo, here is the Christ! or here! ye may not believe; for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen. Lo, I did tell you beforehand. 'If therefore they may say to you, Lo, in the wilderness he is, ye may not go forth; lo, in the inner chambers, ye may not believe; for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; for wherever the carcase may be, there shall the eagles be gathered together.
(Matthew 24:23-28 YLT)
And those laying hold on Jesus led him away unto Caiaphas the chief priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together, and Peter was following him afar off, unto the court of the chief priest, and having gone in within, he was sitting with the officers, to see the end. And the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, were seeking false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death, and they did not find; and many false witnesses having come near, they did not find; and at last two false witnesses having come near, said, 'This one said, I am able to throw down the sanctuary of God, and after three days to build it.' And the chief priest having stood up, said to him, 'Nothing thou dost answer! what do these witness against thee? and Jesus was silent.
And the chief priest answering said to him, 'I adjure thee, by the living God, that thou mayest say to us, if thou art the Christ--the Son of God.' Jesus saith to him, 'Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.'
Then the chief priest rent his garments, saying, —'He hath spoken evil; what need have we yet of witnesses? lo, now ye heard his evil speaking; what think ye?' and they answering said, 'He is worthy of death.' Then did they spit in his face and buffet him, and others did slap, saying, 'Declare to us, O Christ, who he is that struck thee?'
(Matthew 26:57-68 YLT)
And at the feast the governor had been accustomed to release one to the multitude, a prisoner, whom they willed, and they had then a noted prisoner, called Barabbas, they therefore having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, 'Whom will ye I shall release to you? Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?' for he had known that because of envy they had delivered him up.
And as he is sitting on the tribunal, his wife sent unto him, saying, 'Nothing—to thee and to that righteous one, for many things did I suffer to-day in a dream because of him.'
And the chief priests and the elders did persuade the multitudes that they might ask for themselves Barabbas, and might destroy Jesus; and the governor answering said to them, 'Which of the two will ye that I shall release to you?' And they said, 'Barabbas.' Pilate saith to them, 'What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?' They all say to him, 'Let be crucified!' And the governor said, 'Why, what evil did he?' and they were crying out the more, saying, 'Let be crucified.'
(Matthew 27:15-23 YLT)
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And Jesus having seen great multitudes about him, did command to depart to the other side; and a certain scribe having come, said to him, 'Teacher, I will follow thee wherever thou mayest go;' and Jesus saith to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven places of rest, but the Son of Man hath not where he may lay the head.'
(Matthew 8:18-20 YLT)
And Jesus, having known their thoughts, said, 'Why think ye evil in your hearts? for which is easier? to say, The sins have been forgiven to thee; or to say, Rise, and walk? 'But, that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon the earth to forgive sins-(then saith he to the paralytic)-having risen, take up thy couch, and go to thy house.' And he, having risen, went to his house, and the multitudes having seen, wondered, and glorified God, who did give such power to men.
(Matthew 9:4-8 YLT)
'And whenever they may persecute you in this city, flee to the other, for verily I say to you, ye may not have completed the cities of Israel till the Son of Man may come.
(Matthew 10:23 YLT)
'For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a demon; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Lo, a man, a glutton, and a wine-drinker, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners, and wisdom was justified of her children.'
(Matthew 11:18-19 YLT)
At that time did Jesus go on the sabbaths through the corn, and his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck ears, and to eat, and the Pharisees having seen, said to him, 'Lo, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on a sabbath.' And he said to them, 'Did ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, himself and those with him— how he went into the house of God, and the loaves of the presentation did eat, which it is not lawful to him to eat, nor to those with him, except to the priests alone?
'Or did ye not read in the Law, that on the sabbaths the priests in the temple do profane the sabbath, and are blameless? and I say to you, that a greater than the temple is here; and if ye had known what is: Kindness I will, and not sacrifice—ye had not condemned the blameless, for the son of man is lord even of the sabbath.'
(Matthew 12:1-8 YLT)
And whoever may speak a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven to him, but whoever may speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is coming.
(Matthew 12:32 YLT)
Then answered certain of the scribes and Pharisees, saying, 'Teacher, we will to see a sign from thee.' And he answering said to them, 'A generation, evil and adulterous, doth seek a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet; for, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
(Matthew 12:38-40 YLT)
And he answering said to them, 'He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, and the darnel are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is a full end of the age, and the reapers are messengers.
(Matthew 13:37-39 YLT)
'As, then, the darnel is gathered up, and is burned with fire, so shall it be in the full end of this age, the Son of Man shall send forth his messengers, and they shall gather up out of his kingdom all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing the unlawlessness, and shall cast them to the furnace of the fire; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of the teeth.
(Matthew 13:40-42 YLT)
And Jesus, having come to the parts of Caesarea Philippi, was asking his disciples, saying, 'Who do men say me to be--the Son of Man?' and they said, 'Some, John the Baptist, and others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.'
(Matthew 16:13-14 YLT)
'For, the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father, with his messengers, and then he will reward each, according to his work. Verily I say to you, there are certain of those standing here who shall not taste of death till they may see the Son of Man coming in his reign.'
(Matthew 16:27-28 YLT)
And as they are coming down from the mount, Jesus charged them, saying, 'Say to no one the vision, till the Son of Man out of the dead may rise.'
(Matthew 17:9 YLT)
And Jesus answering said to them, 'Elijah doth indeed come first, and shall restore all things, and I say to you--Elijah did already come, and they did not know him, but did with him whatever they would, so also the Son of Man is about to suffer by them.'
(Matthew 17:11-12 YLT)
And while they are living in Galilee, Jesus said to them, 'The Son of Man is about to be delivered up to the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise,' and they were exceeding sorry.
(Matthew 17:22-23 YLT)
'Beware! --ye may not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their messengers in the heavens do always behold the face of my Father who is in the heavens, for the Son of Man did come to save the lost.
(Matthew 18:10-11 YLT)
And Jesus said to them, 'Verily I say to you, that ye who did follow me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man may sit upon a throne of his glory, shall sit--ye also--upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel; and every one who left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for my name's sake, an hundredfold shall receive, and life age-during shall inherit; and many first shall be last, and last first.
(Matthew 19:28-30 YLT)
And Jesus going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples by themselves in the way, and said to them, 'Lo, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man shall be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the nations to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify, and the third day he will rise again.'
(Matthew 20:17-19 YLT)
And the ten having heard, were much displeased with the two brothers, and Jesus having called them near, said, 'Ye have known that the rulers of the nations do exercise lordship over them, and those great do exercise authority over them, but not so shall it be among you, but whoever may will among you to become great, let him be your ministrant; and whoever may will among you to be first, let him be your servant; even as the Son of Man did not come to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.'
(Matthew 20:24-28 YLT)
'If therefore they may say to you, Lo, in the wilderness he is, ye may not go forth; lo, in the inner chambers, ye may not believe; for as the lightning doth come forth from the east, and doth appear unto the west, so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; for wherever the carcase may be, there shall the eagles be gathered together.
(Matthew 24:26-28 YLT)
'And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken; and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in the heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth smite the breast, and they shall see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of the heaven, with power and much glory; and he shall send his messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens unto the ends thereof.
(Matthew 24:29-31 YLT)
'And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known—not even the messengers of the heavens—except my Father only; and as the days of Noah—so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man; for as they were, in the days before the flood, eating, and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, till the day Noah entered into the ark, and they did not know till the flood came and took all away; so shall be also the presence of the Son of Man.
(Matthew 24:36-39 YLT)
'Watch ye therefore, because ye have not known in what hour your Lord doth come; and this know, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief doth come, he had watched, and not suffered his house to be broken through; because of this also ye, become ye ready, because in what hour ye do not think, the Son of Man doth come.
(Matthew 24:42-44 YLT)
'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.
(Matthew 25:13 YLT)
'And whenever the Son of Man may come in his glory, and all the holy messengers with him, then he shall sit upon a throne of his glory; and gathered together before him shall be all the nations, and he shall separate them from one another, as the shepherd doth separate the sheep from the goats, and he shall set the sheep indeed on his right hand, and the goats on the left.
(Matthew 25:31-33 YLT)
And it came to pass, when Jesus finished all these words, he said to his disciples, 'Ye have known that after two days the passover cometh, and the Son of Man is delivered up to be crucified.'
(Matthew 26:1-2 YLT)
And he answering said, 'He who did dip with me the hand in the dish, he will deliver me up; the Son of Man doth indeed go, as it hath been written concerning him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is delivered up! good it were for him if that man had not been born.'
(Matthew 26:23-24 YLT)
And having left them, having gone away again, he prayed a third time, saying the same word; then cometh he unto his disciples, and saith to them, 'Sleep on henceforth, and rest! lo, the hour hath come nigh, and the Son of Man is delivered up to the hands of sinners.
(Matthew 26:44-45 YLT)
Jesus saith to him, 'Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.'
(Matthew 26:64 YLT)
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And he having come to the other side, to the region of the Gergesenes, there met him two demoniacs, coming forth out of the tombs, very fierce, so that no one was able to pass over by that way, and lo, they cried out, saying, 'What--to us and to thee, Jesus, Son of God? didst thou come hither, before the time, to afflict us?'
(Matthew 8:28-29 YLT)
And the chief priest having stood up, said to him, 'Nothing thou dost answer! what do these witness against thee? and Jesus was silent. And the chief priest answering said to him, 'I adjure thee, by the living God, that thou mayest say to us, if thou art the Christ--the Son of God.' Jesus saith to him, 'Thou hast said; nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming upon the clouds, of the heaven.'
(Matthew 26:62-64 YLT)
'Others he saved; himself he is not able to save! If he be King of Israel, let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe him; he hath trusted on God, let Him now deliver him, if He wish him, because he said--Son of God I am;' with the same also the robbers, who were crucified with him, were reproaching him.
(Matthew 27:42-44 YLT)
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And Jesus passing on thence, two blind men followed him, calling and saying, 'Deal kindly with us, Son of David.'
(Matthew 9:27 YLT)
And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, 'Is this the Son of David?' but the Pharisees having heard, said, 'This one doth not cast out demons, except by Beelzeboul, ruler of the demons.'
(Matthew 12:23-24 YLT)
And Jesus having come forth thence, withdrew to the parts of Tyre and Sidon, and lo, a woman, a Canaanitess, from those borders having come forth, did call to him, saying, 'Deal kindly with me, Sir--Son of David; my daughter is miserably demonized.'
(Matthew 15:21-22 YLT)
And they going forth from Jericho, there followed him a great multitude, and lo, two blind men sitting by the way, having heard that Jesus doth pass by, cried, saying, 'Deal kindly with us, sir--Son of David.' And the multitude charged them that they might be silent, and they cried out the more, saying, 'Deal kindly with us sir--Son of David.'
(Matthew 20:29-31 YLT)
And the disciples having gone and having done as Jesus commanded them, brought the ass and the colt, and did put on them their garments, and set him upon them; and the very great multitude spread their own garments in the way, and others were cutting branches from the trees, and were strewing in the way, and the multitudes who were going before, and who were following, were crying, saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David, blessed is he who is coming in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.'
(Matthew 21:6-9 YLT)
And there came to him blind and lame men in the temple, and he healed them, and the chief priests and the scribes having seen the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' were much displeased; and they said to him, 'Hearest thou what these say?' And Jesus saith to them, 'Yes, did ye never read, that, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou didst prepare praise?'
(Matthew 21:14-16 YLT)
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And it came to pass, when Jesus finished these similes, he removed thence, and having come to his own country, he was teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and were saying, 'Whence to this one this wisdom and the mighty works? is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? and his sisters—are they not all with us? whence, then, to this one all these?' and they were stumbled at him.
And Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honour except in his own country, and in his own house:' and he did not there many mighty works, because of their unbelief.
(Matthew 13:53-58 YLT)
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